New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

March 28, 2008

Following is a summary of actions taken at the March 28, 2008 meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. This summary does not constitute official minutes.

Professional Responsibility Committee


The Board adopted the recommendations of the Professional Responsibility Committee in response to the Report of the Supreme Court's Professional Responsibility Rules Committee, with one exception. The NJSBA Committee's recommendations focused primarily on two main areas of the Court Committee's report: (1) the multi-jurisdictional practice rule (R.P.C.5.5), and (2) the operation of the attorney discipline system and proceedings conducted therein, including support for the NJSBA's mass disaster (or "Katrina") rule. The one recommendation not adopted related to practice by an out-of-state lawyer. The Board endorsed one recommendation not favored by the NJSBA Committee-that out-of-state lawyers be permitted to practice here after associating with local counsel, but only if such practice is "occasional" in nature.

Amicus Committee - Recommendation in General Star Nat'l Ins. Co.v. Olkowitz


In the matter of General Star National Insurance Company v. Olkowitz, the Board decided not to petition the District Court to intervene in connection with the denial of malpractice insurance coverage because the case was not yet fully developed.

Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee


The Board approved a dues waiver for NJSBA members who are active duty military, and funding in the amount of $500 to support the April 5 Military Law Symposium.

Cumberland County Courthouse Parking


The Board supported a Cumberland County Bar Association resolution asking that the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders immediately address the deplorable lack and state of parking around the Cumberland County Courthouse in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

Mid-Year Meeting 2010


The Board approved the recommendation of the Meeting Arrangements and Program Committee to investigate Scottsdale as the location for the 2010 Mid-Year Meeting.

Finance and Operations Committee


The Board approved the proposed FY 08-09 budget.

Government Relations


A-309 (Rumpf) Increases prison time for certain persons convicted of a motor vehicle offense when license suspended for DUI. The Board voted to oppose. S-768 (Singer) Requires candidates for teaching certificates and current teachers to receive instruction in autism awareness and methods of teaching students with autism. The Board voted to support.